Waxahachie Journal

GOP Congressman says it's time to 'purge' FBI of anti-Trump elements


Florida GOP Rep. Francis Rooney said Tuesday he wants leaders at the Department of Justice and the FBI to "purge" officials he says are politically biased against President Trump. 

"People need a good, clean government," Rooney said in an interview on MSNBC. 

In recent weeks, Republicans have sounded the alarm that bias within the law enforcement community is compromising Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's election interference and possible collusion with Trump associates. 

In the interview, Rooney mentioned FBI agent Peter Strzok, whom Mueller removed from the Russia investigation after learning about texts he sent disparaging Trump. He also raised concern about Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, who was reportedly demoted for hiding ties to Fusion GPS, the company behind a notorious dossier alleging Trump's ties to Russia. 

The freshman Republican from Naples said these revelations were "nerve-wracking" and went on to call the Russia probe "off-the-rails" and the work of the "deep state."


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